Bend it like Becky

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Kaylee Martin

THE Vic­to­ria Park soc­cer club’s new coach, Becky Piotrowski, has more than 30 years ex­pe­ri­ence in the game and she is de­ter­mined to bring the squad to vic­tory.

WITH 30 years of na­tional soc­cer ex­pe­ri­ence un­der her belt, the Vic­to­ria Park Soc­cer Club’s (VPSC) new men’s league coach Becky Piotrowski is keen to build the squad’s com­pet­i­tive edge.

The US-born coach has played soc­cer both in the US and in Aus­tralia on mixed and women’s teams, in­door and out­door leagues and more.

Piotrowski of­fi­ci­ated soc­cer for about six years in both coun­tries for men, women and youth.

“In the US I held dual cer­ti­fi­ca­tions that al­lowed me to ref­eree both school leagues and com­peti- tive club matches and in Aus­tralia I hold an FFA Level 3 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion,” she said.

“It’s al­ways a chal­lenge putting to­gether and de­vel­op­ing a new team.”

With the sea­son now un­der­way, Piotrowski said play­ers at VPSC al­ready had a great in­di­vid­ual un­der­stand­ing of the game.

“My great­est chal­lenge will be read­ing the group dy­namic and con­sol­i­dat­ing th­ese in­di­vid­ual play­ers into a suc­cess­ful and com­pet­i­tive team,” Piotrowski said.

“I want this squad to be com­pet­i­tive in the league, I want them to en­joy their play­ing days at VPSC and ac­tively con­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity spirit at the club. Af­ter all, th­ese ideals – com­pe­ti­tion, suc­cess, en­joy­ment, con­tri­bu­tion – aid in pos­i­tive player re­ten­tion and fu­ture club growth.”

Her ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence on the field has helped her to de­velop a tough train­ing regime of skills, tac­ti­cal and fit­ness train­ing in each ses­sion.

“I re­mem­ber a coach say­ing the more touches on a ball the player gets at train­ing, the bet­ter player he’ll be­come,” she said.

“That idea of learn­ing by do­ing has stuck with me. I try to keep play­ers mov­ing and min­imise stand­ing around, so they have to keep the ball at their feet and stay en­gaged.

“Fa­tigue can be a friend at train­ing but in a match, not so much.”

While Piotrowski is the first fe­male coach in the club to spear­head the men’s league team, it’s not some­thing that has in­tim­i­dated her at all.

“I’ve al­ways been re­garded as one of the boys, so I don’t re­ally feel out of place,” she said.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

Soc­cer coach Bekky Piotrowski. d451427

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